For the first time, mathematics’ most prestigious prize has been awarded to a woman, Karen Uhlenbeck
By AJ Willingham, CNN, March 19, 2019
(CNN)Karen Uhlenbeck, a mathematician and professor at the University of Texas, has been awarded this year’s Abel Prize, a mathematics prize modeled after the Nobels. It’s the first time the prize has gone to a woman.
“Uhlenbeck’s research has led to revolutionary advances at the intersection of mathematics and physics,” Paul Goldbart, dean of the University of Texas’ College of Natural Sciences said in a release. “Her pioneering insights have applications across a range of fascinating subjects, from string theory, which may help explain the nature of reality, to the geometry of space-time.”